Volunteer

Contribute to our efforts

Join as a volunteer

Swim with whale sharks and contribute

Each year, from September to December, we offer opportunities to join us and collect data on whale sharks.

Onboard partner operator Baleines Rand’eau, you will join tourists at sea and collect data (photo-ID, sex, size, scars, behaviour) using a tablet while working as a pair with another volunteer. You will then enter your collected data in our database, and directly visualise your contribution through close supervision with our field team.We provide a three-day training session (freediving, data collection on whale sharks at sea, data entry) to equip you with all the required skills necessary to contribute to data collection on whale sharks for the rest of your stay.

Applications are open for 2023!

 

No need to be a marine biologist. But make sure you check our requirements below before you apply 🤗 Please note this a multistep process with an initial questionnaire, screening process and interview.

Testimonials

Fanny
2017, 2018
I was lucky enough to participate 2 years in a row, 2 weeks each time, in the whale shark census campaign for the Madagascar Whale Shark Project, led by Stella Diamant. I enjoyed everything about this wonderful experience! When you see this magnificent fish, so impressive and so majestic at the same time, whether it is the first or the hundredth, the same emotion overwhelms you! It is a crazy experience! Humanly speaking, I also had the chance to meet incredible people, invested, warm, generous ... in short, I can't wait to go back very soon!
CĂ©dric
2019
I was lucky enough to take part in the photo identification mission of the Madagascar Whale Shark Project. Apart from the human encounters, swimming with these giants of the sea remains a marvel. Moments filled with emotions, when we have the chance to observe the whale sharks in feeding position, when there are several of them or even when they come to the boat. If I had to do it again? .... Where do I sign?
Eugénie
2022
Meeting a whale shark for the first time is incredible. To have the chance to experience this almost every day for the duration of the volunteer stay, surrounded by a team as friendly as they are professional, in an absolutely idyllic setting, is unforgettable ❤

Join us this year

What you need to know before applying

1
When?
Set dates from September to December each year
2
Who is this for?
Anybody who speaks fluent French and can swim. French is essential to interact with the team and the communities
3
Where?
You can pick, the island of Nosy Be or Nosy Komba
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Who with?
You will be a group of 4 volunteers at a time, supervised by a staff member while at sea
5
How long?
A set schedule of 18 days between September and December, with a day off per week
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What's in it for me?
Join an impactful project in the field and learn to collect data on whale sharks in an amazing place!

Join our team remotely

Looking for unique talent and expertise

Want to join our team year-round and contribute to our efforts? We are constantly looking for bright minds with either drive or experience in specific fields. Please note that all our team is volunteer-based (except from Malagasy staff). Please contact us directly with your CV.

We do not currently offer any bachelor, master projects or internships.